How Elusive is Innovation in China?

Asia Society Northern California's Young Professional Group (ASYPG) organized a panel discussion on January 21 titled “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Connecting China and the U.S.”. Co-sponsored with the US-China Bilateral Entrepreneurship Club, the event gathered young professionals in tech, business, and social sectors to listen to industry leaders and participate in the networking reception afterwards.

Moderated by Daniel Nivern, (co-founder of CRCC Asia), the panelists included Cynthia Dai (founder and principal, Dainamic Consulting), Guillaume de Dorlodot (founder, Startup Basecamp), and Vicky Xiao (US lead, PingWest), all of whom discussed issues regarding the future of innovation in China and elsewhere in Asia, including the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, how to identify strong local partnerships, and the unique qualities of the Silicon Valley ecosystem that make it so difficult to replicate in Asia. After the panel, guests participated in a lively Q&A and a networked with fellow peers at 1920c, a women-owned co-working space and gallery located in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. Refreshments were sponsored by CRCC Asia and ASNC.